MAS – Laparoscopic Procedures Minimally access surgery (MAS)/laparoscopic surgery is a branch of medical science that deals with the usage of a camera and thin medical instruments during a surgery. This minimally-invasive form of surgery involves insertion of thin and flexible instruments through small incisions. MAS surgery is a form of minimally-invasice laparoscopic surgery, performed with the help of an instrument called a laparoscope. A laparoscope consist of two types of instruments.
The first includes a set of hand instruments that are inserted through the incision and are used to perform surgery. The second include an endovision system that includes a telescope, camera and a source of light. During laparoscopy, the endovision system is used to view the entire abdomen and other remote locations on which the surgery is to be performed.
MAS has several benefits over convention open surgery, both from the point of view of the doctors and the patients. For the doctors, it allows them to have a magnified view of the region that they need to work on. Moreover, the surgery is less invasive and can be recorded on a disk for later reference. Decreased pain, minimal scarring, quick recovery and less healing time are some of the major benefits to the patients. Typically, the patients are able to return back to work or to their normal routine within 7 days of a MAS surgery. Some examples of laparoscopy surgery include laparoscopic hysterectomy, lap band surgery, TLIF surgery (spine) and PLIF surgery (spine). Laparoscopic surgery cost is only marginally higher than tradition open surgery. Moreover, the duration of hospitalization is less in case of a MAS surgery.